Dec. 27, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The Connecticut men’s hockey program will host the 20th annual UConn Hockey Classic on Saturday and Sunday, December 29 and 30. Brown and Minnesota State face off at 4 p.m. Saturday, followed by UConn hosting AIC at 7:15 p.m. The consolation game is Sunday at 4 p.m. followed by the championship at 7:15 p.m. Sunday night.
2012 will mark the 20th annual UConn Hockey Classic. The Huskies have won the tournament title three times and have finished as the runner-up on 10 occasions, including each of the past two seasons.
Tickets are still available at UConnhuskies.com or by calling 1-877-AT-UCONN. There is currently a winter ticket package deal available at UConnhuskies.com for $3 per ticket per day. The winter package is only available online and will not be available at the arena. Just enter the promo code "WINTER" at uconnhuskies.com to receive the deal.
The 2011 UConn Hockey Classic saw UMass Lowell defeat Connecticut in overtime, 4-3, to take home the title. The River Hawks were the first Hockey East program to take home the title.
The Huskies most recently tied Army in Storrs, 2-2, to put their record at 4-7-2 (3-6-1 AHA) entering the weekend. Connecticut last won its holiday tournament in 2003, defeating Bentley in a shootout in the opener before downing Air Force in the championship, 1-0.
Against the field in 2012, UConn sits at 0-2-0 against Minnesota State following a two-game series in Minnesota during UConn’s inaugural season in Division I hockey in 1998-99. Brown holds a 4-1-1 edge in the series while UConn leads AIC 46-37-10, including a current 12-game (10-0-2) unbeaten streak against the Yellow Jackets.
Minnesota State of the WCHA enters the weekend ranked No. 18 in the USCHO.com national poll with a 10-6-2 overall record. The Mavericks have won seven of the last eight games, including two-game sweeps at Wisconsin and at home against Bemidji State and Alaska Anchorage. 2012 will be the first appearance for Minnesota State in the UConn Hockey Classic.
Brown represents the ECAC and stands at 3-5-4 heading into Saturday’s game against Minnesota State. Brown junior captain Dennis Robertson, drafted in the sixth round by the Toronto Maple Leafs, ranks third in ECAC defensemen scoring with seven points on a goal and six assists in eight conference games. Brown is looking to become just the fourth team to repeat as the UConn Classic Champion, having won in 2004. 2012 marks Browns third appearance in the UConn Hockey Classic, the first since 2007.
American International competes in the AHA along with Connecticut. The second game on Saturday night featuring UConn and AIC will count as a league game with two critical points on the line. AIC sits at 4-8-3 based on a 1-6-3 mark in AHA action. The Yellow Jackets most recently split a pair of high-scoring contests at Mercyhurst, winning 7-3 on Friday, December 7, before falling 7-2 on Saturday night. 2012 will be AIC’s first appearance in the UConn Hockey Classic.